So time is running out quickly. We are moving to Florida and have to get ready. One of my biggest concerns is how to get my dogs, Destin and Derby, ready. I decide to make a checklist. Actually I make two - one for all my doggie issues and one strictly for my veterinarian.
It's always hard to move with our beloved pets. We need to do as much as possible to help their transition to be as smooth as possible. It really isn't too hard when you get down to it. One of the first things you need to do is visit your vet. Below is my checklist I made for mine.
Get heart worm test
Get heart worm preventative
Need basic health exam
Need any other tests?
Time for rabies vaccine?
What other vaccines do they need?
Do I need health certificates driving across the country?
What kind of flea and tick product should I get?
Are there rattlesnakes in Florida?
Do you have the rattlesnake vaccine?
Do my dogs need it?
Get copies of all medical records.
Make sure get microchip for each dog.
What have I missed?
Can I take you with us? (This answer will always be "no" by the way...)
Can you refer us to a veterinarian in Florida? (It's pretty easy to use AAHA's hospital locater. Give it a try.)
I won't go into our hour long visit with my veterinarian. We've been seeing him for over nine years so it was hard to say good bye. I think we all cried a bit. My list wasn't all encompassing for every pet - but it's a starting point, for sure. The main point is to touch base with the veterinarian that knows you and your pets the best. The second point is to get copies of all medical records. If you have the records it makes it much easier for your new veterinarian to become up to date with your pets' medical history.
Next blog I will share with you all the other things we did to prepare our dogs for the long trip. Preparation is key although it doesn't guarantee a smooth ride!